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The Rangers have agreed to terms with Pavel Buchnevich, a third round pick in 2013 (for real this time). Buch is one of the most highly touted prospects in the Rangers system in a while, and has comparable KHL numbers to Evgeny Kuznetsov and Vladimir Tarasenko, although on the lower end of those trio.
Buch is expected to compete for a roster spot next year, likely on the third line. It’s important to note that even though Buch is incredibly skilled and likely to make the NHL, he is still just a kid. Tarasenko had 8 goals (38 games) in his rookie season, Kuznetsov had 11 in 80 games.
With Buchnevich in the fold, the Rangers can turn their attention to more pressing issues, like how to manage their cap situation with important players hitting some form of free agency. But at least they got this one move right.
Per our very own Josh Khalfin, the Rangers have signed undrafted free agent Michael Joly to an AHL contract. Joly is injury prone but a known scorer, so an AHL deal is a risk free maneuver for the organization. Since this is an AHL deal, it doesn’t count towards the 50 contract max for the Rangers, but also means Joly can’t be a call up to the NHL team under this deal.
In his overage year in the QMJHL, Joly put up a line of 33-30-63 in just 39 games. Joly was also at least a point-per-game player in every season except his first year. His issue has always been health.
Joly will be one of the many new forwards in Hartford this year. The club is expecting significant turnover. While many may look at the deal as a low key move, which it is, there is something a bit bigger at play here. The Rangers are looking at young guys to fill the holes in Hartford, instead of bringing in veterans on NHL deals. That’s right process.
The Rangers have re-signed backup goalie Antti Raanta on a contract extension. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. But they will be available sooner or later. Raanta had a .919 SV% last season and was solid as the backup, so this is a smart move by the team. A solid first step in the offseason plans.
Update: Raanta’s deal is two years at $1 million per season.
The Rangers have officially recalled their taxi squad for the playoffs. The callups are defensemen Mat Bodie, Ryan Graves, and Chris Summers, and forwards Chris Brown, Nicklas Jensen, Jayson Megna, and Dan Paille.
The Rangers will be recalling defenseman Raphael Diaz from the Hartford Wolf Pack in a relatively expected move. Diaz is to be recalled to replace the injured Dan Girardi and the supposedly ineffective Dylan McIlrath. McIlrath barely played in yesterday’s Game Two win, so this move was someone easy to predict. Whether or not you believe McIlrath should play, Diaz’s skill set is better served against the Penguins.
Diaz is expected to practice in full with the Rangers tomorrow and play in Game Three.
The Rangers have recalled goalie Magnus Hellberg from the Hartford Wolf Pack. This is not a good sign for Henrik Lundqvist, who was clipped in the eye –through his mask, mind you– by Marc Staal in the first period of last night’s playoff opener.
Hellberg, if he dresses, will be the backup for Antti Raanta. Suffice it to say, if they are recalling him this early, it doesn’t look good for Hank.
The Rangers have recalled forward Marek Hrivik from the Hartford Wolf Pack. The move is surprising, since Hrivik was just returned to Hartford this weekend after the regular season wrapped up. Also, Hartford played a game this morning at 11am, which makes this even more peculiar.
Aside from the surprise, Hrivik has shown he can handle a bottom line role in the NHL, in limited samples. If he plays, it will be a big test for the kid.
The Rangers will continue to add undrafted free agents to the mix, this time signing UFA Swedish forward Malte Stromwall to a two-year entry-level deal. The 21-year-old right-handed forward played with AIK in the SHL last season, putting up a line of 24-17-42 in 49 games, leading his team in goals and points in a notoriously low scoring league.
Stromwall is a bit small (5’10”, 181 lbs), but was a potential draft sleeper in his draft year (2012). For reasons unknown, but I can venture a guess size had to do with it, he was undrafted. By all accounts he is a pretty skilled guy, and a solid add to a relatively depleted farm system.
Stromwall will join the Rangers in camp next season.
As noted earlier, the Rangers have called up Marek Hrivik to replace one of Mats Zuccarello and Viktor Stalberg in tomorrow’s game in Detroit. Hrivik was recalled once by the Rangers this season, playing in four games and registering an assist. Hrivik didn’t look overmatched in that stint, and will get another chance to show he belongs.
This may be an extended tryout for Hrivik, who may be in a battle for a roster spot next year for the cap-strapped Rangers. But for now, it’s a one game call up before being part of the taxi squad.
The Rangers have recalled defenseman Brady Skjei to replace the injured Ryan McDonagh for tonight’s game against Tampa Bay. McDonagh was injured blocking a shot last night, and even if the injury isn’t long term, it was expected that he would sit tonight. This is Skjei’s third stint with the Rangers, playing well in his second call up.